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Photo of the Day

August 21 - Treasure Island

Just one of several anchors to have snagged on the sunken wreck of a sailboat in Clipper Cove.
Photo Tim Sell

Today's Photo of the Day is of an anchor that was retrieved by a diver yesterday from the wreck of a sunken sailboat in the southwest corner of Clipper Cove. A number of boats have snagged their ground tackle on the wreck in recent months and boaters need to anchor in the area with caution. The hazard is currently marked with an Odwalla orange juice bottle.

- latitude / ld


505 North Americans

August 21 - San Francisco Bay

Ferry wakes caused some boats to go airborne.

The 505 North American Championships wrapped up this weekend after three days of intense competition off the the hosting St. Francis YC August 16-19. Two-time World Champion (both as skipper and crew) Mike Martin, with Jeff Nelson on the wire, dominated from the start, eventually amassing a 1,1,[DNF],1,1,1,3,1,2,[13],1 record, for a scant total of 12 points in the 11-race, 2-throwout series. Locals Nick Adamson and Steve Bourdow were second with 19. Conditions could not have been better for this high-performance fleet, with consistent breeze in the 15-knot range throughout the series, and fog giving way to sun most afternoons. For complete results, go to www.stfyc.org.

- latitude / jr

There were skid marks all over the water at the reaching mark.
Photos Latitude/JR

I'd Like One Visa and Two Greenies

August 21 - Balboa, Panama

The more you travel, the more you learn that there are different ways to do things. For example, if you want to check in with Immigration in the States, Mexico, or most other countries, you have go to an Immigration office. But if you want to check in with Immigration in Panama, you can often do it while enjoying a beer in the outdoors, with the Immigration officer coming to you. In fact, the accompanying photo shows Harmon Heed, who recently sailed his Gulfstar 43 Trvth - yes that's the correct spelling - from San Francisco Bay to Sarasota Bay, checking in with Immigration at one of the tables at the Balboa YC. We don't know about you, but we approve of the Panamanian approach.

Photos Courtesy Harmon Heed

For extra credit, we've included a photo of a boat on the ways at the Balboa YC, which Heed describes as, "The club with just one wall." For more on the Balboa YC and recent and perhaps future changes, see the September issue of Latitude 38, which will be out on Friday, September 1.

- latitude / rs

Summer Keel Act 2

August 21 - San Francisco Bay

(right) pulled off this nice port-tack start.

The second 'Act' of San Francisco YC's Summer Keelboat Series took place on the Berkeley Circle over the weekend, this time featuring the Express 37, 1D-35, J/120 and J/105 fleets. As with the previous weekend, racers were treated to good breeze and sunny skies, with a bit less current to contend with than the Act 1 participants.

Heavy J/120 traffic at the top mark.

Results had not been posted at 'Lectronic Latitude 'press time.' Look for them later today or tomorrow at www.sfyc.org.

And by the way, our apologies to the 1D-35 fleet for those 'close encounters' at the weather mark. One of the engines on our photoboat had conked out, and we couldn't maneuver out of the way until you had all passed by.

- latitude / jr

Great Sensation readies for the set.
Photos Latitude/JR

Just 22 Days to Go to the Baja Ha-Ha Entry Deadline

August 21 - Tiburon

The start of last year's Baja Ha-Ha
Photo Latitude/Archives

Folks wanting to enter their boat in this fall's Baja Ha-Ha XIII have just 22 days to get their paid entries in. If you need an entry packet, send a check for $15 to Baja Ha-Ha, Inc., 21 Apollo Road, Tiburon CA 94920. Ha-Ha Honcho Lauren Spindler asks you to please send your entry is such a way that a signature will not be required.

Will late entries be accepted? "Yes," says Ms. Spindler, "but all late entries have to spring for one beer per boat in the fleet - and we're expecting 150 boats."

By the way, there's a feature on last year's Ha-Ha in the current edition of Cruising World magazine.

Here are the most recent entries:

75) Seventh Heaven / Catalina 470 / James Mills / Newport Beach
76) Sailors Run / Baba 40 ketch / Jeffrey R. Hartjoy / Coupeville, WA
77) Adelia / Jeanneau 49 deck salon / Kip Stumbough / Oxnard
78) Patricia Belle / Traditional schooner / Patrick Hughes / Coronado
79) Aztec / Cape North 43 cutter / David Cammack / Stockton
80) Sea Peace / Passport 40 / Donald Cass / Menlo Park
81) 360º / Passport 41 / Joel Thornton / Sammamish, WA
82) Niki Wiki / Gulfstar Sailmaster 50 / Jonesy Morris / Chula Vista
83) Liberty / Peterson/Formosa 46 / Carl Nichols / Friday Harbor, WA
84) Rhodia / Pacific Seacraft 31 / Donn Tatum / Santa Barbara
85) Beaudacious / Catalina 470 / Paul C. Klein / Carmichael
86) Gemini / Albin Numbus 42 / Les Sutton / Menlo Park
87) Catatude / Lagoon 42 catamaran / Tom Wurfl / San Diego
88) Ecco Bella / Island Packet 350 / Michael Addis / Tucson, AZ
89) Chére / Beneteau Oceanis 461 / Charles Simon / Bellevue, WA
90) Nicole II / Cooper 416 / Donald S. McInnes, Jr. / Danville
91) New Moon / Hunter 410 / Gerald Elder / Albuquerque, NM
92) Deborah Rae / Pacific Seacraft 40 / Dick Johnson / La Habra Heights

To see the complete list, go to www.baja-haha.com/Alumni/2006Roster.html.

- latitude / rs

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